Conferences and Talks

Panels Chaired

Panel Chair “Iranian Men and Masculinities II: Iranian (Diasporic) Cinema,” 12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. UC Irvine, August 2018.

Panel convener and chair on “Iranian Minority Literary Women,” 12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. University of California at Irvine, August 2018.

Moderator for Didem Havlioglu. “Mihri Hatun: Performance, Gender-Bending, and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History.” Duke University, January 2018.

Panel Discussant “Spatial and Gendered Narratives,” at the Annual Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Student Workshop, UNC Chapel Hill, March 2017.

Panel Chair “(Un)requited Love, Power Dynamics, and Gender (in)equality, Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Iran and the Middle East.” New York University in Abu Dhabi, January 2017.

Conference Organizer “Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Iran and the Middle East.” New York University in Abu Dhabi. January 2017.

Panel Chair “Representation of Women’s Rights and Female Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature” Feminism Here and Now, UNC Chapel Hill, December 2016.

Panel Chair “Surviving Toxic Law: Negotiating Gender and Sexual Non-Conformity in Iran and Uganda,” Feminism Here and Now, UNC Chapel Hill, December 2016.

Panel Chair “Permutations of Desire in Modern Persian Literature.” American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, Vancouver. March 2015.

Panel Chair “New Approaches to Love in Medieval Persian Poetry: Critical Interventions.” Modern Language Association, Vancouver. January 2015.

Panel Chair “Middle East Women Writers.” Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. March 2014.

Panel Chair “Persian Literature and Culture: Desire, Sexuality and Subjectivity in Modern Persian Literature.” South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, October 2013.

Panel Chair “Persian Literature and Culture: Construction of Subjectivity in Medieval Persian Literature.” South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, October 2013.    

INVITED NON-REFEREEDAND KEYNOTE LECTURES  

“Body Politics and Power Dynamics in Temporary Marriages in Modern Iran.” Keynote Speaker for Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium, Georgia College and State University, March 26, 2020.

“Sonia Balassanian: Writing the Impossible.” Iranian Studies Initiative, University of Toronto, Canada, March 12, 2021.

  “Representation of Sigheh Women in Modern Iranian Cultural Productions.” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, November 14, 2020.

“Embodiment, Power, and Politics in the Context of Sigheh Marriage in Modern Iran.” UCLA Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, November 9, 2020.

“Panel Discussion on Iranian Women in Academia.” UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies. UC Irvine, CA, Nov. 6, 2020.

“The Politicization of the Female Body in the Context of Sigheh Marriages.” Iranian Colloquium Series, Yale University, October 30, 2020.

“Zulaikha’s Displaced Desire in Jami’s ‘Yusuf va Zulaikha’.” Rereading Hafiz Today Symposium. University of California, Irvine, CA, December 6, 2019.

“Gender-related Double Standards within Sigheh marriages in Showkaran and Zendegi-ye Khosusi,” Iranian Studies Network, University of New South Wales, Australia, August 8, 2019.

“Women and Literature in the Middle East,” the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 13, 2019.

“Diversity and Classics: A Roundtable Discussion,” UNC-Chapel Hill, March 6, 2019.

“Diasporic Transnational Armenians in Pirzad’s Works.” Armeno-Iranica Conference, University of California, Irvine, CA. January 26, 2019.

“Iran’s Girls of Revolution Street: From Literary Narratives to Text-Based Protests to Cyberactivism.” Department of Near Eastern Studies. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. October 10, 2018.

“Diasporic Transnational Armenians in Pirzad’s Works.” UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, Caucasus Lecture Series, University of California at Los Angeles, LA, CA. October 8, 2018.

“Subjectivity and Transgression in ‘Attar.” Persian Art Center in Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. May 6, 2018.

“Intertwined Histories and Perspectives: A Contrapuntal Reading of ‘Attar.” The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. January 29, 2018.

“Graphic Novel as a Tool for Portrayal of the Hierarchy of Iranian Masculinities.” Persian Literature Unbound conference. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. November 9, 2017.

“The Abject Outsider vis-à-vis the Dominant Masculinity in Yousef and Farhad Struggling for family acceptance in Iran: the story of two gay men.” The Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. February 15, 2017.

“Forugh Farrokhzad and Sussan Deyhim.” Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. October 28, 2016.

The Evolution of Hijab in Modern Iran.” Women’s Politics and Religion in the Muslim Middle East Panel, Iranian Studies Initiative, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. February 24, 2014.

What It Means to Be a Woman in Modern Iran.” Persian Circle, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. January 10, 2014.

“Sexual Ideology in Modern Iran.” Women’s and Gender Studies Lecture Series, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. November 25, 2013.

“Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: Why Graphic Novel.” Muslim Journeys Lecture Series, Mary Vinson Library, Milledgeville, GA. November 18, 2013.

“Embrace of Diversity in ‘Attar’s Poetry.” Persian Circle, Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2013.

“The Societal and Divine Other in ‘Attar’s Poetry.” University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. March 4, 2013.

“From Black Roots to Green Blossoms: Iranian Women’s Empowerment 1900-2011.” Oppression and Choice: Women, Patriarch and the Middle East Panel, Associated Students Human Rights Week, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. February 21, 2012.

“Legal or Illegal: Temporary Marriage as an Alternative to Prostitution in Ebrahim Golestan’s ‘Esmat’s Journey’.” Graduate Student Symposium on Sex Work, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. May 2011.

REFEREED ORAL PRESENTATIONS

“40 Years of Resistance against Compulsory Veiling in Iran.” Bodies: Social Media and the Body in Cyberspace Panel. National Women’s Studies Association. San Francisco, CA. November 15, 2019.

“The Fluidity of Iranian-Armenian Identity in Zoya Pirzad’s Things Left Unsaid.” Iranian Minority Literary Women Panel. 12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. August 2018.

“Unscripted Narratives of Armenians in Iran-Iraq War.” Holy Defense in Art, History, and Literature Roundtable.12th Biennial Association for Iranian Studies Conference. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. August 2018.

“Zulaikha’s Reverted Gaze.” Vision and Desire: Between the Body and the Unseen. Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association. Honolulu, HI. November 2017.

“The Abject Outsider vis-à-vis the Hegemonic Masculinity.” American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht, Netherlands. July 2017.

“Psycho-Sexuality in the Sufism of Rabi’a al-Adawiyya.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Salt Lake, Utah. October 2016.

“The Question of Armenian Identity in Zoya Pirzad’s ‘The Day Before Easter’.” Association for Iranian Studies, Vienna, Austria. August 2016.

“Yusuf’s Queer Masculinity in Persian Cultural Productions.” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March 2016.

“Heterotopic Spaces in Ebrahim Golestan’s ‘Esmat’s Journey’.” American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, Washington. March 2015.

“The Exiled Figure in Nizami’s Laila and Majnun and Jami’s Yusuf and Zulaikha.” Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada. January 2015.

“Despised, Yet Desired: Temporary Marriage in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Esmat’s Journey.” Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC. November 2014.

“The Ideal of Beauty in Medieval and Post-Medieval Persian Culture: Jami’s Yusuf and Zulaikha.” Medievalisms on the Move 2014: the 29th International Congress on Medievalism, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. October 2014.

“Subversive Love of the Other in ‘Attar’s Works.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL. January 2014.

“A Comparative Study of the Significance of Love in Shaykh Sanan and Abelard and Heloise’s Religious Transgression.” Middle East Studies Association, Denver, CO. November 2012.

“Coexistence of Diverse Voices in Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Sufi Poetry.” South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, TX. November 2012.

“Sexual Transgression in Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Sufi Works.” Literature & Religion Conference, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA. May 2012.

“Sexuality and Spirituality: A Comparative Study of Rabi’a al ‘A’dawiyya’s and Margery Kempe’s Traumatic Experiences. American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI. April 2012.

“Sacred Versus Profane: Transgressive Homo-erotic Love in Sufi Poetry.” American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, Canada. April 2011.

“I have ordained you to be a mirror: Margery Kempe’s Psycho-Religious Quest for Self.” Medieval Association of the Pacific, Tacoma-Seattle, WA. March 2010.

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